Missing Sunderland brothers found safe and well

SEARCH ... Remus, Janko and David Matloch.
SEARCH ... Remus, Janko and David Matloch.
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THREE brothers who went missing in the North East, sparking a nationwide search, have been found safe and well, police revealed this afternoon.

Brothers Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and 10-year-old David Matloch have lived with foster parents at The Oaks, near the city centre, for the past 18 months.

When they missed their 8pm curfew on Monday, their foster parents searched for an hour for the boys before alerting the police.

The brothers, who are of Polish-Romany descent, had gone out for a bike ride at 5.20pm.

They were captured on CCTV in the city’s Park Lane station, then leaving Newcastle Central Station and walking together towards the Centre for Life.

The search for the boys widened from the North East to Birmingham and London – where they have family – on Wednesday night.

Officers arrested a man, 34, and a woman, 39, at an address in Birmingham at about 11pm on Wednesday in connection with the boys’ disappearance.

They were still being quizzed by police in the West Midlands last night. Northumbria police sent detectives to question the pair.

Shortly after 3pm today, Northumbria Police confirmed: “The missing Matloch brothers have been found safe and well in the Lancashire area.”

Officers thanked the media and the public for their assistance.